As Hip Hop culture celebrated its 45th birthday this year on August 11th, just a week earlier Hip Hop culture also lost the legendary Valentin Becerril, known to most as Bboy Float.
The legend goes that Valentin became Float of NYC in 1979. A member of the crew the Incredible Breakers, Float earned his place as one of the most influential bboys of all time in circles and battles. He approached dance with a soulful precision and finesse that lit up the crowd each time he hit the floor. Countless video clips reposted and shared by many around the world speak volumes of Floats contributions as a dancer, but it was his warmth and spirit that left a lasting imprint.
The legacy and spirit live on for one of the greatest to ever bless this planet. Thank you, Marcel Valko, for helping me…
Float was more than a legend – he was a loyal brother, friend, mentor, and partner. After a tragic accident that left him in critical condition while on tour in Europe, a GoFundMe campaign was started to help cover the costs of his complex situation. In days, the fund reached over $25,000 dollars to cover emergency medical, transportation, burial, and transition costs incurred by his family.
On August 26th, Mighty4 Arts Foundation organized a benefit workshop and all-styles battle to support this fund. Lean Rock of Floor Lords Crew (god son to Float), and members of Rock Force crew – Icey Ives (Alaska), Jonny UC, Morris, and Paulskeee generously donated their time to teach a two hour, in-depth Breakin’ workshop at MVMNT Studio. The workshop covered decades of experience among the world champions ending in a Q&A. Lean Rock also shared his own memories and experiences with Float.
The culminating all-styles battle ended in a win by K-Fresh and Ann Smooth, and by the end of the evening, we raised over $480 dollars to support Float’s Fund. We encourage our community to continue to support Float and his family during this difficult time by reading more about his story and making a contribution here.
Mighty4 was founded to celebrate a worldwide movement that has gathered people from all places, in the name of love for music, art, and dance. Central to our mission and values is also honoring the people who created that movement; the legends who earned their respect in person; who didn’t do it for the gram or likes; who gave their all in circles, on stages and walls. As we watch our pioneers turn into ancestors, we question what it means to protect their legacies and preserve their stories so they are not forgotten as Hip Hop culture continues to grow.
The morning kicked off with the follow up to last year’s Mental Health Awareness discussion panel featuring a stellar lineup of leaders, artists, & entrepreneurs sharing their stories in dealing with mental health: Paulskeee (Mighty4 founder, Rock Force Crew), Gina Mariko (Make It Mariko), East3 (Keep It Flowing Hawai’i), Freska (Koit 96.5), Anthony (Anthony Presents), Simone Hufana (Color Herstory), DJ Lean Rock, Gabe Delrokz (USF) & clinician Pia Bordon-Crosby.
Mighty4Day Mental Health Awareness panelists
photo by Rob Suguitan
Video footage from #Mighty4Day 2018:
Following the discussion panel, Union City council member Patrick Gacoscos recited a proclamation honoring the 35th year anniversary of the world championship Rock Force Crew Breaking dance group which was created in Union City and currently continues to receive national and world titles.
Union City council member Pat Gacoscos & Paulskeee
photo by Neil Yuzon media
Since the beginning of Mighty4, founder Paulskeee continuously pays homage to the culture of Hip Hop artists/organizers through the Mighty4 Appreciation Awards. This year featured a lifetime achievement award for one of the world’s greatest DJ’s of all time, DJ Qbert of Invisibl Skratch Piklz/Thud Rumble.
photo by Beto Lopez
Appreciation Award Honorees included:
Circle of Fire Crew- Bay Area/Seattle
Cellski & Deeandroid – Skratchpad
Fran Boogie Garcia – Triple Threat DJs
Allison Hueman Tinati – www.HuemanNature.com
Nate Nevado – Rock The School Bells
photo by Neil Yuzon media
With partnering sound system organization Expressions Entertainment at the helm, DJs and performers were heard loud and clear throughout the park and set off a positive vibe. Mighty4 Day partner, Union City Farmer’s market also joined in on the festivities as attendees had a chance to shop for vegetables and fruits to energize their day.
Also added this year Mighty4 Arts Foundation offered an internship to the San Leandro High School Business Academy and Union City community residents.
DJ’s , MC’s and singing artist performers included:
RJ Kool Raul, Fred (Freestyle Dance Collective)
DJ Shortkut (Invisibl Skratch Piklz/BeatJunkies/
Dj Lean Rock (Boston, MA – Floor Lords)
DJ Une (Union City, CA – Mighty4)
DJ J-Cue (Union City, CA. – Expressions Ent.)
DJ Bitesize (Skratchpad)
Kiyomi – Union City
Dima – San Jose
Fitting the the mental health theme, Mighty4 Day hosted a healing station by Julz & artist East3featuring teas, coloring stations and more which was free to the public. Concluding the days events was an 2vs2 youth/adult open style battle hosted by RJ Kool Raul & Fred of Freestyle Dance collective in which Josh & Rock Lee took 1st place in the competition.
The day’s vendors included: Nailed It with Rosaline Ignacio Independent Color Street Stylist, Color Herstory, Union City Farmers Market, Always A student, Mighty4, Break4Tots, Wage Art Org, UC Berkeley’s Pilipinx Academic Student Services, Filipino Advocates For Justice
Photography: Rawkbeez, Nicola, Noi
Video: Rachita, Madison
Vendor support: San Leandro Business Academy
Thank you to everyone who supported the Mighty4 Arts Foundation locally and internationally for the last 20 years!
photo by Rob Suguitan